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Hi I'm Cynthia

I grew up on a farm in Indiana. My parents also owned a general store. The family worked and played together. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and so forth. Over the past 42 years the church has really helped me to see how very important these roles are. Through church teachings I have organized family reunions, parties and extended family campouts. My extended family was pulled closer together because of these fun times. The campouts have been one of the best ways of keeping cousins who are scattered throughout the midwest close together. They are now the ones pushing us to have campouts when we older folks would rather stay at home. My parents went on the campouts into their 90's. My extended family would not have shared these tender moments without the gospel teachings of the church. I also enjoy family history. My parents were not members but it was a great way to share time together. We spent time as they showed me family grave sites, homesteads and introduced me to distant cousins. I feel very close to grandparents I've never met because I learned the stories of my parents and their families. Provident living is another great blessing learned through church teachings. I enjoy making soap and bread. I enjoy the challenge in keeping my pantry full of supplies of food so that a winter storm or worse does not send me running to the store. I really enjoy finding a bargain at Goodwill. These are skills I've learned at church through my gospel family. I've worked for 40 years in a hospital laboratory. My latest adventure is Scouting.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom took me to a great church when I was growing up. I loved the Bible stories and singing the songs in junior church. I especially loved vacation Bible school in the summer. As a child I loved hearing about the prophets and how they led the people by listening to the voice of the Lord. I always wondered why in these the end times, some of the hardest for God's children, there was no prophet to lead the way and talk with God. History books were my source of information about Mormons. I heard a few stories about what Mormons believed and thought some of it to be a bit odd. Then I moved into my first job and apartment and found Mormons living downstairs. Darrell and Sheri were just regular folks living their lives like most Christians I knew. They were very nice and always tried to help me in anyway they could. In the winter my windshield was always cleaned on the icy, snowy mornings. Sheri took me to one of the women's meetings. I remember that everyone was very nice and I learned some great homemaking tips. A few months later my neighbors asked me to dinner with the missionaries. I did have a few questions but I wasn't looking for a church to join. The missionaries started talking about prophets and they had my full attention. This Church had the prophet I longed for as a child. I joined the Church a couple months later after I learned about the Church's history and how that history is such an important part of their doctrine. Joseph Smith, the first prophet in these times, had a question about which church he should join. He prayed about that with the intent to receive an answer to his prayer. He received personal revelation from God which effects all of us. Now we know how to receive personal answers to our prayers and we know that God, our Heavenly Father, loves us, wants us to succeed and have great joy in our lives.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the Savior's example of kindness and love to all of God's children. Some days I do better than others. I know the small and simple things that I can do will help others to know that God loves each of us. Somedays it is only a kind word or a smile. Somedays I can take a meal into a family with illness or clean a neighbor's yard. But each deed makes the world a better place. My responsibility is training those who work in the children's organization. I visit different units of our church in Northern Indiana to share ideas and encouragement to teachers and leaders. It is so fun to spend time with the children during these visits. The children truly are close to God, our Heavenly Father. The children have many opportunities for growth. In the children's meetings the children say prayers, sing, give short talks and learn about Jesus. As we have lived in this area for many years it is most rewarding to see children grow from their first talk or prayer to leadership positions in the church. Another great opportunity is visiting women from our congregation. Another member and I visit members homes each month. We are assigned to know the temperal and spiritual needs of each member on our list. I have found this to be a very rewarding experience over the years. Always I have come home with my heart lighter. In just the doing of helping and serving, the Lord blesses us. The other great part of this program is I have members who visit, teach and serve me! Over the years I have worked with children, teenagers and adults. I have seen the beauty of people at their best and cried with them at their worst. Sometimes my patience has been tried and sometime, my heart has been touched. But always, I have seen the hand of the Lord extended to His children to help them to return to Him.